“The source of the government’s authority is ‘the consent of the governed.’ This means that the government is not the ruler, but the servant or agent of the citizens; it means that the government as such has no rights except the rights delegated to it by the citizens for a specific purpose.”

in Ayn Rand, Liberty, Writers

-Ayn Rand, “The Nature of Government” in The Virtue of Selfishness (New York: Signet Centennial Edition, 2005 re-print of 1964 edition), p. 129.

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